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🚀 Internship

Undergraduate Placement - Systems Engineer

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4d ago

🚀 Placement Program


🤑 £20.5K

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  • The candidate must possess a curious and determined mindset, be open to learning and asking questions. They should be resilient, dependable, and comfortable working in a classified defense environment.
  • In this undergraduate placement as a Systems Engineer at AWE, you can expect to collaborate with like-minded individuals on challenging problems, undergo security clearance, develop a work plan, interact with partners and customers, join diversity working groups, learn about AWE, and have the opportunity to re-join the company after graduation.

Placement Program



Rolling basis


  • This placement is within the Warhead Systems Engineering Team. We support the UK’s Continuous-At-Sea-Deterrent by providing the capability to design, coordinate, integrate and verify Nuclear Warheads and enable systems to meet current and potential future customer requirements. We deliver an integrated solution, managing the systems from cradle to grave taking consideration of safety, performance and through-life maintenance. To facilitate this, we interface with the MoD and other defence partners. 
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  • What behaviours should you possess?:
  • You are the sort of person who likes getting stuck into interesting problems. You are curious about what you see and eager to learn new things. You ask questions when you do not understand something and are resilient in the face of setbacks. You like working with others and you are dependable. You are comfortable working in a classified environment on defence projects.
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Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities



  • What to expect on your placement:
  • AWE has a highly inclusive culture. You will be supported by colleagues and management to bring your unique contribution to our work.
  • You will undergo ‘DV’ security clearance to allow you to work on classified programmes.
  • From Day 1 you will be collaborating with like-minded people on challenging problems, and you will encounter many development opportunities within the role.
  • You will develop a work plan at the start of your placement that will help you to track your progress, achieve your goals and meet our programme needs.
  • Depending on the team you are assigned to, you may have the opportunity to interact with UK and overseas partners and customers.
  • There is a vibrant early careers community at AWE and you will have the opportunity to socialise across the multi-disciplinary group of undergraduate placement students and new graduates.
  • You can join any of our six staff-led Equity, Diversity and Inclusion working groups to help guide our supportive work culture
  • You will learn about AWE and develop a pathway to re-join us once you graduate (if you wish!) on our Evolve graduate development scheme.
  • At the end of the placement, you will leave with a strong understanding and experience of Systems Engineering (that can be applied across many industries) and a feeling of satisfaction that you have made a real difference both to yourself and to AWE.
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Work type

Full time

Work mode





20500 GBP


  • A market leading contributory pension scheme. We will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution. 
  • Every second Friday off. We do this by working a 41-hour week followed by a 33-hour week. 
  • 270 hours annual leave a year that includes an allowance for bank holidays. 
  • Access to the AWE My Discounts portal, offering discounts on Leisure, Hospitality and Retail. 
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Rolling basis